Pakistani film industry is evidently flourishing and recent Eid ul Adha when all the films released were Pakistani, further validated this boom.
However, there’s one sector – deeply related to film industry – that is still lagging behind. The plight of cinema owners and industry is still unheard and while the fraternity and audiences continue to grow with exponential increase in opportunities, the number of cinema screens in Pakistan is still unmatched to cater the large number of cinema goers.
As per a digital media outlet, the total number of cinema screens in Pakistan – which has presumably grown over the years – is not more than 161. Out of these, as many as 59 are in Lahore, whereas both Balochistan and Sindh (which includes the largest city Karachi) have only a handful of 39 screens!
Chairman Pakistan Exhibitor Association Zoraiz Lashari while talking to the outlet said, “The reason of greater number of screens in Lahore is that initially Lahore was the hub of film production, and while that has changed, the populace in Lahore is still more accustomed to the idea of going to a cinema to watch a movie.”
Adding further he said, ”However, there’s a very slow growth in number of cinema screens and that is mainly on the back of massive land and construction costs for cinemas and much more than that, the running cost of a cinema house is too expensive.”
The Chairman shared his appeal to the higher up authorities to ease up the taxation, utility costs and provide benefit to cinema owners so that this industry can also grow and cater to the needs of large number of cinema goers – which is by the way still on the rise.
We hope that this message gets across and in near future we see an exponential increase in cinema screens of Pakistan that benefits everyone associated to the entertainment industry.